Niemans in the News

  1. Niemans recognized with Pulitzer, Sigma Delta Chi honors - April 26

    Two Nieman fellows have been selected as finalists for the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes. Judges recognized Tony Bartelme, NF’11, a special projects reporter for The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., as a finalist in the explanatory reporting category for his year-long, series, “Storm of Money.” His reports helped readers understand the complex factors driving up the cost of property insurance. The Society of Professional Journalists also chose Bartelme’s series for the Sigma Delta Chi Award in the non-deadline reporting category (daily circulation 50,001-100,000).

    Alexandra Garcia, a 2013 Nieman Fellow and multimedia journalist for The Washington Post, produced video for reporter Spencer S. Hsu’s “Forensic Science” series, which was named as a finalist for the Public Service Pulitzer. The story examines flawed evidence in criminal cases prosecuted by the Justice Department that was never disclosed to defendants, leading to a review of more than 20,000 cases. Hsu’s series also won SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service journalism (daily circulation 100,001+).

    Read more about the Pulitzer finalists »

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  2. Twitter, Credibility and The Watertown Manhunt - April 19

    Twitter coverage of the manhunt in Watertown marks a wake-up call to journalists everywhere. Even more remarkable are the implications for ordinary citizens who, without a press pass, intentionally plant themselves on the scene to witness and tweet what they see in real time. For the latter group of news gatherers, this event instills a newfound sense of power and responsibility in how they verify and disseminate news; i.e., gain credibility and authority as a news source.

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  3. Niemans honored by IRE - April 10

    Investigative reporter David Jackson, NF ’11, is part of the Chicago Tribune team that that has won the 2012 Investigative Reporters & Editors’ FOI Award for “Empty-Desk Epidemic.” The series exposed a devastating pattern of student absenteeism in the Chicago school system and the indifference of city officials who ignored the problem.

    NPR’s Howard Berkes, a 1998 Nieman Fellow, was among the finalists for the in multiplatform /large category for “As Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge,” co-produced by NPR, the Center for Public Integrity and The Charleston Gazette. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's John Diedrich, an affiliate from the Class of 2012, was a finalist with colleagues in two categories: the FOI Award for “Police Problems,” and the Investigations Triggered by Breaking News Award for “Spa Shooting.” Read more »

  4. Robert Clark, NF ’61, dies in Ohio - April 1

    Robert P. “Bob” Clark, a retired top editor of The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times, died recently in Ohio. He was 91. Under his leadership, the newspapers won three Pulitzer Prizes. Clark also served as president of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association and of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Learn more »

  5. Memorial Service for Anthony Lewis Is Set - March 25

    A memorial service will be held May 23 for Anthony Lewis, a former New York Times reporter and columnist, author, and longtime advocate for free speech and justice, who died on March 25 at the age of 85.

    The service will be held at 3 p.m. at Memorial Church in Harvard Yard.

    A Nieman Fellow in the class of 1957, Lewis was a constitutional law expert whose groundbreaking coverage of the Supreme Court changed the way complex legal matters are reported in the United States.

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  6. Longtime urban-affairs specialist Grady Clay, 96, dies - March 19

    Grady Clay, NF ’49, a journalist and a leading national authority on urban design who wrote for The Courier-Journal and edited Landscape Architecture Quarterly, died Sunday, March 17, at 96. Architect and friend Steve Wiser called Clay “one of the nation’s leading urban design thinkers.” Learn more »

  7. Kevin Cullen wins ASNE’s Batten Medal - March 18

    Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, a 2003 Nieman Fellow, has won the Batten Medal for individual achievement in public-service journalism from the American Society of News Editors. Cullen, who also received the award in 2008, is the only journalist to have won the Batten twice. Judges praised his work saying “Kevin Cullen's work epitomizes the values Jim Batten stood for: compassion, honesty, courage and a high regard for those on the margins of contemporary society. In compact prose, Cullen tells powerful stories that move the heart and get results; he's not just a chronicler of the human condition, he's an advocate for those whose lives he touches." Learn more »

  8. Remembering Murrey Marder, Washington Post reporter and Nieman Watchdog founder - March 12

    Longtime Washington Post reporter and Nieman Watchdog Project founder Murrey Marder died on March 11 at the age of 93. A tireless crusader for watchdog and accountability journalism, he retired as a diplomatic correspondent for the Post in 1985 after reporting there for nearly four decades. During his long and storied career, he covered topics ranging from the Alger Hiss trial the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and was perhaps best known for challenging Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist investigations in the 1950’s. In 1957, he opened the Post's London bureau, the first of the Washington Post Foreign Service. Marder was a Nieman Fellow in the class of 1950 and used his life savings to fund the Nieman Watchdog Project at Harvard.

    Learn more about Marder’s legacy to journalism »

  9. Dorothy Parvaz, receives McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage - March 8

    Journalist Dorothy Parvaz, a 2009 Nieman Fellow who was jailed and interrogated for several weeks in 2011 while attempting to cover the civil war in Syria, will receive the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. A reporter for Al Jazeera’s English channel in Qatar, she was detained and jailed when she entered Syria in April 2011. Authorities there held for three days then deported to Iran, where she was held and interrogated for more than two weeks before being sent back to Qatar.

    She will receive the medal from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and its McGill Program in Journalistic Courage in the fall. Learn more »

  10. Robert A. Caro wins National Book Critics Circle Award - March 6

    Robert A. Caro, NF ’66, has won a National Book Critics Circle Award for The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson the fourth installment of his widely acclaimed biography of the 36th president of the United States. Earlier volumes of Caro’s biography of Johnson have won top literary and journalism awards including two Pulitzer Prizes, two previous National Book Critics Circle Awards, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the National Book Award. Lean more »

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